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Horseshoe Bend at Sunset

August 3rd, 2013

When I arrived at Horseshoe Bend in Paige, Arizona in the mid-afternoon, I immediately knew that it would be worth the wait for sunset. I staked out a spot that I thought would be the most rewarding visually, and proceeded to wait. Two hours and one sunburn later, I had what I had envisioned; a golden canyon and clear sky.

Because of the low light situation, I shot in RAW with an ISO of 800, and a shutter speed of around 1/125. To capture all the detail, I set the aperture to around f.11. Later brightening and noise reduction was accomplished in Photoshop, while the tones were corrected in Lightroom.

Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.

Photo Settings: 18mm, f/14, 1/80 second, ISO 800.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Philippe Clairo
about 8 years, 4 months ago
this location always makes for an impressive view and photo. I like the light off the river, and the red tones from the rocks.

I would have used an HDR method to capture the details in the shadows and highlights. Shooting at ISO800 must have "impaired" the image quality, and you had to work around it quite a bit in post. Also, you need to correct for lens distortion and chromatic aberrations in Lightroom (i.e. the green outline above the far mountains)

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